Political Projects

Political Projects

Mission

  • Bring speakers to campus who have relevance to AASA’s mission of Asian American political and social awareness.
  • Organize forums for students to discuss contemporary Asian American issues in American politics and beyond.
  • Organize voter registration campaigns, possibly in conjunction with other campus groups like Whig Clio.

Progress and Accomplishments in 2014-2015

  • Organized speaker events:
    • “Asian Americans in Politics” with Michigan State Rep. Stephanie Chang
  • Helped advocate for the creation of an Asian American Studies program at Princeton University
    • Spread awareness on campus of the state of ethnic studies
    • Organized “Ethnic Studies Then and Now: A Conversation on Student Activism and University Stagnation in Latino and Asian America Studies,” a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the ethnic studies sit-in at Princeton University

Progress and Accomplishments in 2013-2014

  • Organized speaker events:
    • “Hip Hop, Race, and Activism” with hip hop artist Himanshu Suri (Heems) of Das Racist on black-Asian solidarity, Asian masculinity, and intra-racial relations
    • “Transnational Beauty Standards” with Professional Sharon Lee of NYU on cross-cultural beauty standards in South Korea and the US
    • “Immigration in NYC” panel with General Counsel Grace Lin
    • “Palestinian American Youth” talk with Professor Thea Abu El-Haj of Rutgers on a study of Palestinian Americans high schoolers post-9/11
    • Talk with Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  • Volunteered for poll monitoring with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund to defend Asian American voters’ rights and collect data on Asian American voting patterns
  • Led dining hall infographic campaigns on socioeconomic status and educational attainment in the Asian American community
  • Hosted family talks discussing AAPI social identity

Progress and Accomplishments in 2012-2013

  • Invited public speakers:
    • Glenn Magpantay, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund spoke about historical barriers to vote affecting Asian Americans, multilingual ballot reforms, the community’s growing political influence
    • Grace Kao, Professor of Asian American Studies, Sociology and Education at the University of Pennsylvania: Asian American Studies and dating
    • Jacinta Ma, Deputy Director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC): anti-Asian defamation, military hazing, historical violence, affirmative action, and her work on civil rights defense
    • Franklin Odo, worked 1 year at the library of congress to build their section on Asian Americans, otherwise is director of Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institution: Spoke on the memorialization of Asian American historic landmarks

About the Chair

Nicholas Wu

nicholasHi! My name is Nicholas Wu and I’m the Political Projects Chair of AASA and a member of the Asian American Studies Committee. I’m a member of the Class of 2018 and a potential Woodrow Wilson School major. This year, I’m hoping to advance political projects that will further the cause of racial justice on campus and spark conversations about race within the Asian American community.

In addition to my position with AASA, I’m also a columnist for the Daily Princetonian and a member of the Princeton Model United Nations Team.